Battle of Athens State Historic Site

12378 Athens State Park Rd., Revere, MO 63465 - United States



Free Everyday

Battle of Athens State Historic Site is a place of peace and serenity. Its historic buildings, tree-studded landscape, and mile of Des Moines River frontage make the site a perfect place to hike, picnic or camp. But today’s peace belies the site’s history as the place where the most northern battle fought west of the Mississippi occurred, when about 500 Union soldiers repelled nearly four times their number of pro-Southern State Guardsmen. The site includes interpretation and tours of the battlefield as well as a number of historic buildings, including one that was pierced by a cannonball during the battle.


Tours of the museum and Thome-Benning House, or the "Cannonball" House, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free of charge. The Cannonball House features Civil War-era furnishings. The museum has Civil War artifact displays as well as displays of soldiers who fought in the Battle of Athens.

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